My name is James Trower, and I was born in Brooklyn N.Y. I am ex military, and a former High School and Junior College Basketball Coach. I had the great honor of coaching along side and learning from one of the NJCAA Basketball Greats, Hall of Fame Coach Francis Flax. Together we made three consecutive National Tournament appearances in the late 90's were we finished 4th two years in a row, then in 1999 we brought it home and won the schools first ever National Title. During that run we coached and mentored some amazing young men who all earned their associates degrees then went on to play at various universities around the country. Most notable Darren Kelly, University of Texas and Flint Michigan's phoneme Eddie Robinson, Central Oklahoma and formerly of the Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls. I've also been blessed to be mentored by one of The 50 Most Inspirational Figures in NBA History Melvin Adams.
While growing up in Brooklyn, I spent my early childhood in the New York City foster care system where I experienced physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Needless to say I thought of ending my life on many occasions. I was introduced to basketball at age 10 and used it to escape from all the negativity and abuse in my life. It wasn't until High School where I met a teacher, who literately saved my life. I became a teacher myself because of him and taught public high school for 16 years where I inspired thousands of young men and women to dare to be great and to dare to dream big, just like a teacher did for me. I now travel around the country living my dream of doing for millions of young people what a teacher did for me, by sharing my stories of overcoming life's obstacles, and never giving up on your dreams.